San Jacinto Museum of History

San Jacinto Festival School Day 

Friday, April 17, 2020

The San Jacinto School Day to take place on April 17 where more than 1,000 students from around the Houston area would learn about Texas Independence has been cancelled in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.  Rescheduling of the event has not been determined at this time.


The San Jacinto Festival School Day is an immersive, educational experience of the Texas Revolution. Historical reenactors, living history demonstrations and hands-on activities not only bring the Texas Revolution to life, but allow students to directly interact with it. The event will take place in the living history encampment set up for the San Jacinto Festival.

The encampment will be primarily staffed by reenactors in period costume, with support personnel in modern clothes. The encampment will create an immersive experience utilizing all the senses. Planned demonstrations and participatory activities will allow students to interact directly with the past. 

In addition to the manned stations and planned activities, reenactors will engage in routine period activities (cooking food, checking weapons, etc.). This will create a more immersive sensory experience, engaging with visitors’ sense of sight, smell and sound. It also allows visitors a chance to interact with reenactors on their own terms.  

The encampment will create a rough timeline of the Texas Revolution, starting at the monument, facilitating a chronological progression through the area. The major Texas Revolution sites (Gonzales, Alamo, Goliad, Washington-on-the-Brazos) will be represented at the start of the encampment, while the second half will be dedicated to the Battle of San Jacinto and the Runaway Scrape.


When: Friday, April 17, 2020; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: San Jacinto Monument, One Monument Circle, La Porte, TX 77571

Cost: Free; travel reimbursements available for Title I 4th grade classes via Open Out-Doors For Kids – Houston

To Sign-Up: Contact Cait Johnson, the site’s educator coordinator, at by email or at 281-479-2431

This event is designed to be experienced in small groups, so having engaged chaperons is especially important. You must have at least 1 chaperon for every 10 students. More are encouraged.

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